Football...and the two members of Argentina's World Cup winning team who signed up with Britain's?
Football...and the two members of Argentina's World Cup winning team who signed up with Britain's Tottenham Hotspurs had a chance to show their mettle on Tuesday (8 August). The two Argentines, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, contributed to their team's 3-1 victory against Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Tottenham Hotspurs recently paid 1,425,000 U.S. dollars for the two midfield players. The transfer deal was described as one of the most spectacular and unexpected in the history of British football.
SYNOPSIS: As the two Argentines walked onto the field in Antwerp to make their debut, they were greeted by a small, but enthusiastic, crowd of British supporters.
Ardiles and Villa appeared to be pleased to be part of an English team. Earlier, they had described britain as the cradle of world football, but said the money had played an important role in their decision to leave Argentina. The acquisition of the two Argentines was controversial and Britain's Professional Footballers' Association said it feared an influx of overseas players.
Antwerp were unable to challenge Tottenham Hotspurs' domination of Tuesday's game, although Ardiles was clearly suffering from lack of training and had to be pulled off the field at half-time. The London side scored in the 18th minute of the game, and again two minutes later.
Overall, the two 25-year-old midfielders acquitted themselves well and Tottenham's manager said afterwards that he was please with their performance. But, with several other English clubs now in the market for foreign stars, the British government has placed a temporary ban on further imports until further discussions with English football authorities.